POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?

Feb 15, 2018
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NEWTOWN, CT - UNSPECIFED DATE: In this handout crime scene evidence photo provided by the Connecticut State Police, shows a Bushmaster rifle in Room 10 at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the December 14, 2012 shooting rampage, taken on an unspecified date in Newtown, Connecticut . A report was released November 25, 2013 by Connecticut State Attorney Stephen Sedensky III summarizing the Newtown school shooting that left 20 children and six women dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the report, a motive behind the shooting by gunman Adam Lanza is still unknown. (Photo by Connecticut State Police via Getty Images)

Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including those at gun shows. It also expands the state’s current assault-weapons ban to include more than 100 gun models.

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Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with 17 counts of murder after the Parkland shooting, reportedly used an AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle similar to the weapon used in the Sandy Hook and other school shootings. 

As a side note, “AR” doesn’t stand for assault rifle. It stands for the Armalite rifle, named after the company that developed the weapon.

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